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84 PCB007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2023 Long-time electronics inter- connect industry icon Jack Fisher passed away on Jan. 20, 2023. Design007 Editor Andy Shaughnessy remem- bers working with Jack in the late 1990s. "He was always a great guy to work with," Shaughnessy said. "He would tell you if some- thing was a good idea for a magazine article or not. Jack was really a 'Jack' of all trades...he was a source of knowledge about fab and assem- bly. We went rafting down the Chattooga River a few times, and he had all kinds of crazy stories from the early days of PCB manufacturing. We'll miss him." 2022 was an outstanding year for the global PCB industry. Global industry output reached USD 88.2 Billion with 3.2% annual growth despite pressure from unpredictable factors such as geopolitics, high inflation, and high inventories. The negative factors are likely to continue playing a confound- ing role in 2023, but there is a chance it might perform a duck and jump. The economy and consumer demand will hopefully recover in the second half of the year to drive slight growth in global PCB. Industry output is expected to fall between 3% and -4%. In this interview, Richard DePoto, business development manager at Uyemura, explains how his company has overcome the challenges presented by world circum- stances during the past two years, and discusses devel- opments in specialist metallic finishes to benefit high-fre- quency and high-reliability applications. Don't Blink: The IPC APEX EXPO Time-lapse Video It's a tradition here at I-Connect007 to set up a time lapse for IPC APEX EXPO. There's something satisfying, mesmerizing even, to watch the show floor build out and see the moment when the doors open and visitors fill the exhibit hall. Based on what others have said over the years, I know I'm not the only one whose favorite part is when the carpet gets rolled out and the whole character of the exhibition changes. This time lapse starts on the Saturday prior and continues through the Thursday tear-down phase. Caution Advised on Global PCB Outlook for 2023 In Memoriam: Jack Fisher Remembered Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2023: Reduction Assisted Immersion Gold TOP TEN EDITOR'S PICKS Jack Fisher

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